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Old 14-03-2016, 02:21   #1
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What I've learned in 2 weeks week of boat ownership

Okay, so it's been an interesting couple of weeks with our first boat. The interior refurb is going well, I'll have some photos once the good lady wife has finished moving all the cushions around

When we got the keys we sat and wrote a few lists:
  • Things that HAD to be done.
  • Things we need to get done.
  • Things we would like to get done in time
  • Items we need to purchase
  • Items we would like to purchase in time

We also had an aprox budget for most items.

What I have learned in my short time of boat ownership is any list that you write out, multiply that list by about 3, and double up on the budget.

But I have to say we are loving every moment of the 'experience' so far. I'm leaning more and more every day about the boat, electronics and finding out what does what.

Can't wait to get her out on the sea. Hopefully early next week.

Anyway, off for another day of sanding I go
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Old 14-03-2016, 07:03   #2
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Re: What I've learned in 2 weeks week of boat ownership

Ah yes. A corollary to the old equation concerning boat projects...

For any boat project, it will cost twice as much and take three times as long as you anticipate. And if you try to get around this by doubling your cost estimate, and tripling your time estimate, then it will STILL cost twice as much, and take three times as long, as your modified estimate!
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Old 14-03-2016, 07:18   #3
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everything you do.... you do it twice... the first time to learn how to do it right.
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Old 14-03-2016, 08:17   #4
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Don't buy anything for the boat in the first year.

Then in 1 year you will find you didn't need it anyway.
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Old 14-03-2016, 09:17   #5
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Also, I've developed a hate of masking tape!
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Old 14-03-2016, 09:42   #6
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Masking tape is your friend...unless you use so much you can't remember what's under it.


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Also, I've developed a hate of masking tape!
Blue masking tape is your friend. Tan masking tape, not so much.
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Old 15-03-2016, 09:10   #8
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...the glory honeymoon period, the first few weeks yes!

Congrats!
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Old 15-03-2016, 09:12   #9
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What I have learned in my short time of boat ownership is any list that you write out, multiply that list by about 3, and double up on the budget.

1. The next thing you will learn is the list never ends and will continue to grow as long as you own the boat.

RULE THE LIST, DO NOT LET THE LIST RULE YOU
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Re: What I've learned in 2 weeks week of boat ownership

As much as I hate to disagree with Mark J, I do think there are a lot of things you need to buy in the first year. Some of our list included sunshades, cushions, an anchor, foul wether gear, and an SSB. We could have done without the sat phone.

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First you make the boat safe.
Second you make the boat comfortable.
Third you make the boat pretty.

This is what we have been attempting to do. (I sneak in a pretty now and again...shhhh)
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First you make the boat safe.
Second you make the boat comfortable.
Third you make the boat pretty.

This is what we have been attempting to do. (I sneak in a pretty now and again...shhhh)
Agreed.

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Old 15-03-2016, 11:56   #13
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I've had mine for five years. What I learnt is that I need to move to a warmer climate
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Agreed.

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Mostly agree but I would interpose "make the boat sail well as item three" and, regretfully, push "pretty" down to number four
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Sounds your on top of things, looking forward to the pictures and the updates on your progress, hopefully I'll be doing the same soon


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